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Sam's Club® and U.S. Chamber of Commerce Join Forces to Fight For Small Businesses

Organizations Aim to Extend Reach and Support to Millions of Small Business Members

BENTONVILLE, Ark., May 12 , 2009— Sam’s Club, the nation’s leading small business membership warehouse club and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced today at America’s Small Business Summit in Washington, D.C. details of joint member benefits program that will broaden both organizations ability to be advocates for small business, lower their costs and help them succeed.

“The face of small business is evolving as is the role of large corporations and government to bring about health care reform, tax, energy and other policy solutions, “said Brian Cornell, Sam’s Club President and CEO in his remarks during the U.S. Chamber Blue Ribbon Small Business Awards Luncheon honoring the nation’s top small business owners. “We understand the challenges small business owners face in today’s environment. We want to remove the barriers to their success by investing in and working with organizations like the U.S. Chamber, which have a proven track record of demonstrating thought leadership as well as change.”

As part of the two year agreement, Sam’s Club will help to sponsor more than a dozen small business events with local chamber offices to make resources and best practices available to small business owners and operators to ensure their success and growth. Sam’s Club will launch a cost savings toolkit on the Chamber website to help small businesses better manage and boost their bottom-line and sponsor the U.S. Chamber Small Business of the Year Award. More than half of this year’s winners are Sam’s Club Business Members. In addition, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has appointed Catherine Corley, vice president, small business insights and marketing at Sam’s Club to the U.S. Chamber Council of Small of Business.

This partnership is going to be a big help to our small business members,” said Giovanni Coratolo, Chamber vice president for small business policy. “At a time when every dollar counts, we are thrilled to have another way to help small businesses cut costs and improve their bottom lines.”

One of the most tangible and immediate benefits of the agreement calls for U.S. Chamber of Commerce members to receive a $10 gift card and complimentary cost comparison by Sam’s Club. Chamber members who join or renew their business membership at Sam’s Club will receive the $10 gift card toward a purchase in club or online.

Sam’s Club estimates more than 600,000 small business owners or their employees walk through its doors everyday. In addition to products, Sam’s Club also offers small business members access to affordable health insurance and other services such, as merchant credit card processing solutions and time-saving solutions including online ordering through Click n’ Pull.

About Sam’s Club
Sam’s Club is a division of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT). The first Sam’s Club opened its doors in Midwest City, Okla., in 1983. Today, Sam’s Club serves more than 47 million U.S. Members with locations nationwide and in Brazil, China, Mexico and Puerto Rico. Sam’s Club offers exceptional values on merchandise and services for business owners and consumers. Online merchandise and Club information is available at samsclub.com.

About the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing more than three million businesses and organizations of every size, sector, and region.

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